Guidelines agreed on lead-acid battery waste

International guidelines on the collection, transport and storage of used lead-acid batteries were issued last week by a technical working group of the UN Basel convention on hazardous waste trade. The 64-page draft document is aimed at helping governments develop legislation and facilities to manage used batteries. It also addresses medical issues and public awareness of the dangers posed by lead. Formal adoption is due in December, when convention parties meet in Geneva. See draft guidelines.

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